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2024 National Convention - Columbus State University

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Date:  Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 - Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

Location:  Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia

Host:  Columbus State University, Mu Omicron Chapter

Registration Fees: 

Students & Faculty - $350

Guests - $200

Day Attendees - $100 (Thursday/Friday - meals included, no lodging, add-on field trips)
Registration Link:  Register for National Convention

Deadines to Register: 

Regular Registration:  Ends at May 6th 11:59:59pm EST

Students MUST register by this date for abstract to be included in printed program.   

Late Registration:  May 7th - May 24th with $25 late registration fee.   Last day to register to attend the convention is May 24th. 

Refund Policy:  

100% full refund on registration fee and any field trips - cancel registration on or before May 6th. 

50% refund on registration fee and 100% refund on field trips - if cancel registration after May 6th - May 24th.  

No refund on registration fees, field trips only will be refunded if cancel after May 24th, 2024. 

Please note, convention registration is a two-part process.  

  1. Register through the link provided above first.  When you add on your field trip selections, you will receive a warning box stating it conflicts with your conference registration.  Click on Override to add the field trip options so that you can continue to checkout.  Once the registration has been paid for, you will receive a confirmation email. 
     

  2. In the confirmation email, there is a link to another form that all attendees must complete to finish your convention registration.  This is where students will upload their presentation abstract and select which presentation category they fall under, faculty members are asked if they are willing to judge presentations, as well as provide input on roommate preference.  All attendees staying on campus must complete the Housing Form as part of this registration step.  If this form is not completed, you will not be allowed to stay on campus.   

Schedule of Events:  

The following is a concise schedule of events for the National Convention. For  a more detailed listing of the schedule, including sessions times and locations, please download the National Convention Schedule PDF (will be available closer to event).

  • Executive Committee arrives Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

  • Executive Committee meeting Wednesday morning, May 29th, 2024

  • Students arrive Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 - Registration Table opens at 12pm 

  • Oral and poster presentations will be Thursday, May 30th, 2024

  • Awards Banquet will be Friday evening, May 31st, 2024

  • Field trips will be Friday and Saturday, May 31st and June 1st

  • Saturday is an optional day; students can leave the convention and not miss any events

  • Everyone must depart on Sunday Morning, June 2nd, 2024

Accommodations: 

Students will have accommodations provided from Wednesday - Sunday morning.  All convention attendees will stay at Columbus State University, RiverPark campus residence halls, Broadway Crossing and Clearview Hall, unless you are local and plan to attend only one day for the presentations or you have special permission from the executive committee to stay at a different location.

 

Faculty chapter advisors are welcome to stay at the campus residence halls or an off-campus hotel.  The executive committee, district directors, and faculty chapter advisors or faculty research advisors are encouraged to stay on campus as well.  The executive team will be arriving on Tuesday, May 28th, and student participants and chapter advisors arriving on Wednesday.

Airport information:

All participants are encouraged to fly into Atlanta Airport.  We will utilize GROOM shuttle service from the airport to Columbus.  Sign-up information will be provided later. 

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Field Trip Information:  

Convention attendees can choose between three field trips for Friday and Saturday.  Please click below for specific information about the field trip options.  You will sign up for the field trip dates/times when you register to attend the convention. Space is limited so sign up early!  

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At the southern end of the Columbus RiverWalk, the Center offers a view of the ecoregion of West Central Georgia and the Chattahoochee Valley and provides access to samples of the area’s rich communities of plants and animals. Opened in 1995 as a collaboration among Columbus Water Works, Columbus State University, and the City of Columbus, the Center provides exhibits, displays and nature trails, and also offers formal and informal programs about the ecology and natural history of the region. Interpretive and hands-on programming is provided by Columbus State University professional staff, contributing faculty, student assistants, and volunteers.

The Center includes one classroom-laboratory, an 86-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art instructional media, the Natural History Discovery Center, indoor and outdoor exhibits of living reptiles and fish, a stream habitat supporting various plants and animals, a pollinator garden, bee hives, and environmental art.

Field Trip Times:  Friday AM (9am - 12pm) or Saturday AM (9am - 12pm) only.  No afternoon tours are available. 

Field Trip Fee:  $10/person

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The Coca-Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC) in Columbus, Georgia is a division of Columbus State University (CSU) serving as an academic enrichment center for the university and a regional informal education institution for the public. Established in 1996, the CCSSC is Georgia’s only science center and museum facility dedicated to providing experiences for students and public visitors in astronomy and space science. Visitors include walk-in patrons, K-12 school groups from across the region, corporate and community organizations, and the university community.

Our mission is to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists, engineers, and science educators and communicators; to foster the public’s appreciation for science and technology, and advance scientific literacy throughout our community.

Field Trip Times:  Friday AM (9am - 12pm), Friday PM (1pm - 4pm), Saturday AM (9am - 12pm), and Saturday PM (1pm - 4pm).

Field Trip Fee:  $10/person

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Located in the heart of downtown Columbus is the Chattahoochee Whitewater Park, the largest urban whitewater course in the world, this course offers a 2.5 mile stretch of rapids perfect for families of all age groups.  Our group will go down for the The Classic whitewater experience.  

Field Trip Times:  Friday AM (9am - 12pm), Friday PM (1pm - 4pm), Saturday AM (9am - 12pm), and Saturday PM (1pm - 4pm).

Field Trip Fee:  $45/person

Instructions for Submitting Abstracts 

  • If you are presenting research, you MUST upload your abstract when you register to attend the National Convention. 

  • The deadline to submit abstracts to be included in the printed program is Monday, May 6th, 2024. 

  • It is recommended that students email their abstract to themselves and email their presentation to themselves as an attachment as a back up in case of technical problems.

  • Oral presentations will be Thursday afternoon, May 30th, 2024 and may be uploaded Wednesday at Columbus State after your check-in. 

  • Oral presentations should be 10-12 minutes with two minutes for questions, with a maximum of 15 minutes allowed per presenter.  

  • Posters may be displayed Wednesday evening and should be no larger than 4ft x4ft.

  • Judging of posters will be Thursday morning. You will be informed when you need to be present by your poster.

  • Click the button for instructions for submitting your abstracts for oral and poster presentations. 

Instructions for Submitting Chapter History E-Books

If your chapter is submitting a Chapter History E-Book for consideration for the Chapter History E-Book (digital scrapbook) Award, please click the button to upload your file.  You will be taken to a secure Dropbox link and upload your file accordingly.  

Please include your chapter's Greek name, name of your school, and region/district in the file name.  

The deadline to submit Chapter E-Books is Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 by 7pm EST.

Forms for National Convention

The following are forms to be completed for National Convention.

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